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ok, poll: cycling = cheap or expensive??????????(22 posts)

ok, poll: cycling = cheap or expensive??????????stik__boy
May 14, 2003 8:49 PM
Both (nm)mickey-mac
May 14, 2003 8:56 PM
nm
depends on the size of your wallet :-)...Bruno S
May 14, 2003 9:10 PM
I mean, compared to what? Other sports? Cheaper than golf, more expensive that running.
agree, butSteve_0
May 15, 2003 3:30 AM
even with running and golf, it depends on your wallet.

I know I spend more on running than on cylcing.
how do you spend more on running?! (nm)weiwentg
May 15, 2003 5:28 AM
Per mile, running isn't cheap.Spoke Wrench
May 15, 2003 8:06 AM
A pair of running shoes costs $75.00 or so and lasts maybe 500 miles if you're lucky. A pair of bike tires costs about the same but will generally last a couple thousand miles.
spokewrench gotit.Steve_0
May 15, 2003 8:29 AM
The innersole of a shoe breaks down long before the outersole. Tires dont have an innersole; shoes just plain dont last as long.

Also, at a personal level: at least locally, there are far more running races than cycling races. Each race is another entry fee.

Of course, If I won a race now and then, I might not need to worry about it.
It depends on who you ask, My wife or me. nmJuanmoretime
May 15, 2003 12:40 AM
LOL. me too...nmDave Hickey
May 15, 2003 3:24 AM
Cheap!the bull
May 15, 2003 2:52 AM
Even though gear is expensive.I spend allot of time in the saddle.
I think its cheap.No greens fees or lift tickets.Besides I could easily still be riding my old friction shifter bike and not spend hardly anything so it depends on how you spend your money as well!
equipment is expensive, participating is cheaptarwheel
May 15, 2003 5:02 AM
At least we don't have to pay $50+ bucks every time we ride, like golfers and lots of other sports. But cycling equipment and clothing is overly expensive, in my view.
But we DOfiltersweep
May 15, 2003 5:21 AM
I purchased a new high end bike last fall, and have just crossed that $1 per mile threshold- so that 50 miler last night costed me $50... granted, if I had my previous bike it would have cost about $2...
Low recurring costsoldschool
May 15, 2003 5:02 AM
In order for my wife and I to keep cycling as we entered the 'young children' phase of our life, we've aquired quite an array of bikes and trailers. Some folks look at the cycling equipment in my garage and consider the collection extravagent. However, these same folks will pay a couple hundred $ for one day at an amusement park (which I consider extravagent). For us, however, a great saturday involves a few minutes of setup and locking the front door before rolling out of the driveway.
Was cheap until last weekendPaulCL
May 15, 2003 5:31 AM
When I broke my frame. Since I dropped $1900 yesterday on a new frame,fork, bars, stem, headset and build...it suddenly got expensive again.

Compared to my friends who play golf, cycling is cheap: my neighbors belong to a club ..+/- $300 per month plus initiation fee, plus clubs, balls over nearly $3 each now! and all of the dorky clothes. Add into that the beer, crappy food and complete lack of exercise and golf is one expensive sport.
RelativeRJF
May 15, 2003 6:55 AM
My sporting hobbies are running, cycling and sailing. Cycling is a heck of a lot more expensive than running and a hell of a lot cheaper than sailing.
Cheap.kjr39
May 15, 2003 7:21 AM
Add up all of the costs of cycling and then divide by the hours spent in the saddle. I think you'll see that it's cheap. If it's not, spend more time in the saddle. :)
that's it exactly! (nm)velocity
May 15, 2003 8:49 AM
BothTWD
May 15, 2003 8:17 AM
I'd say its cheap and expensive.

Between my wife and I, we have 8 bikes (road, mtb, cross, tandem) and a trailer in the garage. I commute by bike in addition to lunch and after work rides, so I'm generally on the bike 6 days a week year round.

Since we live in Oregon, all the rain and mud are really hard on your equipment. I spend lots and lots of money on bike maintenance alone, not to mention the fact that it cost darn near as much per wheel to put new tires on the bike as it does on the car. So, yeah, it gets really expensive.

However, I commute to work every day, so we only own one car. If I didn't ride, I would have to buy a second car, then pay for gas, maintenance, additional insurance, and factor in depereciation on the car (they really are a horrible investment).

I read a statistic somewher that it would cost the average american household something like $3000 per year more to own two cars compared to one. So, based on that, riding my bike is pretty cheap.

All in all, I think saving on a second car more than pays for my biking habit, so on the whole it's a pretty good deal.
Either one...DINOSAUR
May 15, 2003 8:48 AM
You can make it an expensive hobby or a cheap one. It cost me a small fortune when I came back to the sport after I retired in 1999. The first couple of years were a lot of experimenting. Then finding out my bike did not fit and I went back to square one. After a couple of years I learned what worked and what didn't. Now it's just swapping out my bar tape, cleats, tires and a new chain/cassette as needed.

My biggest problem was impulse buying and learning to ignore all the bike catalogs I receive through the mail and over the internet. I have to stop and ask myself am I purchasing somethings because I really need it, or just because it's on sale?

I have a friend that is a golfer and the dues for the local club is $5,000 per year. But there are public courses that are available, but it's still not cheap.

On a whole at this point, cycling is a cheap hobby for me..

I have to remind myself that equipment does not make a rider...
CHEAP !!!!!!!!!cjwill
May 15, 2003 2:39 PM
NM
MY OTHER SPORT IS PAINTBALLcjwill
May 15, 2003 2:54 PM
You tihnk that cycling is $$$$$$ Try Paintball.
basic equipt.

cost of plaing $20 to 30 a day
mask $ 160 (2 A YEAR)
jersey $ 65 (just can't have one- 4 a year)
Paints $ 120 (just can have one pair - 3 pair a year)
gloves $ 65 (you will go through 3 pair in a season)
shoes $ 90-100 (good reliable pair-per season)
Paintball marker $ 900.00 to $2,500 and you will switch markers every other year. (I HAVE 4 MARKERS)

CYCLING IS CHEAPER MUCHO MORE :-)
Can make it as expensive as you wantLC
May 15, 2003 4:11 PM
You can pick up a bike at a 2nd hand store for less than $50 and it will be perfectly rideable except maybe adding a good saddle. I got an old touring bike that is every bit as comfortable as any expensive CF/Ti you could buy. Do your base miles and recovery rides on that, about half your total milage, so you won't wear out your good bike. It will be heavy as hell and not have many gears so your legs get strong and supple from not having that perfect gear, and when you get on your nice bike you feel like your flying!